Kristin Botha joins the staff of Walmer Methodist Church.
The Zone (Walmer Methodist’s youth department) has undergone many changes over the past few months. Most recently, we bid farewell to our Youth Director of seven years, Tim Marshall, who now serves as the Chaplain at Kingswood College in Grahamstown. After months of prayer, we are delighted to welcome Kristin Botha as our new Children’s Pastor. Kristin will oversee our Friday night youth activities, SAM Studios (Kid’s church) on Sunday’s as well as Holiday Clubs. Her appointment means that Tracey Crommelin, our Children’s Pastor since 2013, will now serve as Teens and Young Adults Pastor.
Kristin, who is in her third year of studying Theology through the South African Theological Seminary, attended Walmer Methodist Church (WMC) for seven years before moving to Durban, KZN with her family. When asked about the call to WMC she said, “After three great years in Durban, I have now returned and am very excited for my new season! Since I left PE I knew my time at WMC had not finished. Although I had many options for my year in Durban, when I received the call from Jonathan, I knew it was where God wanted me. The thought of being Children’s Pastor was quite a shock to the system, but with further prayer and support from my family and friends, I pursued God’s call”.
Kristin has a genuine love and passion for children’s ministry and was a keen leader in her years at WMC. She envisions a space where children feel welcomed and excited for each week, “I want the children to discover His heart, and the love He has for them. I am also going to be focusing on identity. I really want the children to know of their true identity in Christ, and make it clear whose they are”, she says.
We are equally blessed by Tracey’s new role as Teens and Young Adult’s Pastor. This particular area of ministry is an important aspect of our church as we seek to move into a season of being intentional in our discipling of young people. Tracey will oversee Connect (our high school youth programme), Confirmation, as well as various other events for teenagers, students and young adults.
“I loved my time serving in Children’s ministry, but I also knew that my time was starting to come to an end. I had been asking God what was next in His plan for my life and this new role change started to unfold. I could see God had His hand upon it!,” she says. When asked about her vision for this ministry, she replies, “It ties into the vision of the great church, which is about us growing deeper in our relationships with Jesus, building a community that makes this place like home and reaching further to make a difference and grow the kingdom”.
Her advice for Kristin: “Have lots of fun and don’t be afraid to let your ‘crazy’ show!”
We wish the two of them all the best in their new roles as they pursue God’s call, and we pray that they would create meaningful experiences for young people in our church and in our city.